Re: first elk hunt in utah
LOL, I think you called me old and slow! : )
Well, there is more to it I suppose. I mean, you kinda gotta look in the right spot. I like to glass morning and evenings, afternoons are fine too but less active.
Some things to think about. Morning and evening I like to glass feeding areas and travel corridors. Afternoons I glass bedding areas. That one is tough as the elk tend to lay in cover on north slopes. I might hike to several spots on the mountain to glass the areas I may want to hunt the following day. Glassing like this very well mean you are not hunting that spot that day. It might be too far and you may have to hunt that animal the next day. However, undisturbed elk tend to stick to the area and you have a great chance of tagging, it just takes time. If you are in area that has fresh sign be mindful of the wind. It flows down in the early morning and switches around 0900 to up the mountain. I have watched plenty of hunters get to a saddle at first light that is used daily. They get there and let all that stink go right to the elk. Cracks me up.
Some of the best outfitters and guides I work with are in the best shape. They prepare for the, "Well, it's time to go!", momements and your plan is in put in high gear.